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It’s been a rough season for the Las Vegas Raiders. On Thursday, the team placed Pro Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller on the Injured Reserve and both will be out for at least four weeks. They also had to place linebacker Divine Deablo on Injured Reserve.

The Raiders were getting thin at the linebacker position and Blake Martinez was expected to take over Deablo’s starting spot. However, the veteran linebacker decided to abruptly retire. This leaves the team incredibly lean at linebacker position right now. Luckily, the Raiders were about to add an experienced linebacker who knows Patrick Graham’s defense. The team announced that they’ve signed Reggie Ragland to the practice squad while elevating Curtis Bolton from the practice squad to the active roster.

The Raiders brought Ragland in for a workout earlier in the year but didn’t end up signing him. He’s a logical replacement for Martinez as he played under Graham with the New York Giants last season. He was teammates with Martinez and should understand the defense well. Ragland was a stand out at Alabama which led to him being a second round pick coming into the NFL in 2016. He hasn’t quite reached the same heights he did at Alabama but he’s started 47 games in his career and won a Super Bowl ring with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. He’s a good player for the Raiders to pick up right now. He’s only on the practice squad but could be elevated to the active roster very quickly.

The Raiders have shorthanded at tight end with Waller missing the last three games but the team didn’t make a move because it was thought he’d be able to return soon. Now that he’s on the Injured Reserve, the team had to address the position. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Raiders are signing Jacob Hollister off the Minnesota Vikings practice squad.